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Admission Requirements for the Master of Education Degree in Teaching and Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Education degree in Teaching and Curriculum is designed to enhance the skills of teachers employed in public and private schools. The program focuses on three essential components – curriculum, instruction, and assessment – that contribute to the organization’s philosophy of learning. The Teaching and Curriculum Program is unified by its vision of critical thinking, democracy, diversity, life-long learning, nurturance, and scholarship. Courses are designed to reflect the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The program is offered at Penn State York.

Through this program, teachers will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively with school-aged students, parents, colleagues, and administrators;
  • Enhance their ability to conduct instructional programs that provide a sound intellectual and emotional climate for learning;
  • Increase their competence in a variety of teaching methods and in the utilization of materials and content;
  • Better describe and evaluate major issues and current trends in instructional curriculum practices and development.

Students may choose a general program of study in teaching and curriculum or may choose from a variety of areas of specialization at York, including early childhood education, English as a second language, or medical simulation.

Degree Conferred: M.Ed.

Admission Requirements

The M.Ed. Program in Teaching and Curriculum has four important requirements.

First Requirement
Candidates must have achieved an overall junior/senior grade point average of  3.00 or higher. For candidates applying for admission who have completed credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, the last 60 credits completed will be evaluated.  Students must submit a copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Second Requirement
Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation. These letters must be from former professors who can attest to the academic ability of the candidate.

Third Requirement
Candidates must submit a 200-300 word personal statement that addresses their career goals and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.

Fourth Requirement
Candidates must submit test scores from one of the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Miller Analogies Test
  • Praxis examinations completed for certification.

In addition, students whose native language is not English must also achieve acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students are required to submit a completed online application with the appropriate fees.

Application Deadlines

Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring semester, or summer session. All information, including test scores, must be received by July 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and March 1 for summer admission.

Nondegree Graduate Student Status

Any student who has a baccalaureate degree but has not been admitted to the Penn State Graduate School must apply for admission as a nondegree graduate student in order for graduate transcripts to be issued. Application is only required once and there is a fee of $30. No transcripts are required. When applying for nondegree status select that application, and select York as your location.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 10 graduate-level credits earned as a nondegree student at Penn State or at any accredited institution may be accepted for a student’s teaching and curriculum program. Course work to be considered for transfer must be less than five years old at the time of application to the Penn State program and must be of at least B quality, and must appear on an official graduate transcript. Special Note: With advisor approval, transfer credits can be applied toward the education and supportive electives. All transfer credits must be approved by the faculty adviser, the program coordinator, and the Graduate School.

Contact Us

Phone: 717-771-8413 or 717-771-4067
E-mail: fcb11@psu.edu
Mail:  Penn State York
Graduate Admissions
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403


Contact Us

Phone: 717-771-8413
E-mail: fcb11@psu.edu
Mail: Penn State York
Graduate Admissions
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403

Admissions Application

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Applications may also be requested from Penn State York by calling 717-771-4060.